The status of COVID-19 in China could be downgraded, as the virus weakens and more than 95 per cent of current cases are symptomatic and mild.
China could downgrade its COVID-19 status
Conditions for China to downgrade its management of COVID-19 as a serious contagious disease are improving as the coronavirus weakens, state media outlet Yicai reports.
Since January 2020, China has classified the virus as a Category B infectious disease but has managed it under Category A protocols, which give local authorities the power to put patients and their close contacts into quarantine and lock down affected regions.
Category A diseases in China include bubonic plague and cholera, while SARS, AIDS and anthrax fall under Category B. Category C diseases include influenza, leprosy and mumps.
Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 that have strong pathogenicity, a high fatality rate and strong infectivity are classified as Class A or Class B but managed as Class A.